Canadian Women’s Foundation

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Through funding, research, advocacy, and knowledge sharing, the Foundation works to achieve systemic change that includes all women. Launched in 1991 to address a critical need for philanthropy focused on women, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has become one of the largest women’s foundations in the world.

As a member of the Equality Fund collective, the Canadian Women’s Foundation brings deep expertise on women’s rights in Canada and will support the design and execution of our Canadian strategy.

More fundamentally, along with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has worked closely with the Equality Fund to advocate for a larger shift in philanthropy toward funding practices that advance feminist values and build collective power. Together, we have released Principles for Feminist Funding, a document that outlines our vision of feminist donors working to undo patriarchal and colonial structures and build new relationships and movements. It also sets out the type of funding that we aim to provide to our grantee partners: core, flexible, and predictable support that respects their time and well-being.

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